Ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal of girls stuck in mud up to their ch­ests

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­group.co.uk

TWO Tow­ers School pupils had a ter­ri­fy­ing hour-and-a half or­deal stuck in mud up to their ch­ests on Sun­day evening. The 12-year-olds re­mem­bered a les­son they learned at school, di­alled 999 on a mo­bile phone, and were res­cued by fire­fight­ers. Ge­or­gia Fo­fana and Lauren West, who were wear­ing welling­ton boots, took Ge­or­gia’s two dogs for a walk through fields op­po­site East­well Tow­ers, Faver­sham Road, Ken­ning­ton. Ge­or­gia said: “We were cross­ing the river and Lauren went in first and jumped in and went straight up to her knees. “We thought it was funny for a cou­ple of min­utes and then she asked me to come and help her out. “So I put the phone on the side, not know­ing that I needed to bring it, and I went in to get her, but I went straight down with mud up to my knees. “We thought it was funny again but we kept sink­ing lower – right up to our ch­ests – and then thought this isn’t funny any more. “It was get­ting cold, dark, itchy and smelly.” Lauren said she felt “ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fied”. The dogs were bark­ing and run­ning around. Ge­or­gia said: “They were re­ally want­ing to help us but they couldn’t do any­thing.” The phone, which Ge­or­gia had put on the river bank, looked as though it was out of reach. Ge­or­gia said: “We man­aged to get the phone with a stick but it was hard to reach a stick. We di­alled 999.” Fire­fighter Alis­tair Gil­fil­lan, from Ash­ford’s green watch, said the girls did ex­actly the right thing in call­ing them. He said: “We made our way down, we knew they were some­where at the bot­tom of the field. “Luck­ily I used to come to school here so I knew roughly where it was and we could hear the dogs and heard the girls call­ing out. “I helped pull them out along with fire­fighter Andy Green. “Luck­ily they had their mo­bile phones on them – oth­er­wise it could have been a lot worse.” The girls, who were cold but un­in­jured, were taken to the Wil­lam Har­vey Hospi­tal as a pre­cau­tion. They later thanked fire­fight­ers.

Pic­ture: Dave Downey PD1556636

Lauren West and Ge­or­gia Fo­fana who were res­cued from a mud filled ditch thank fire­men Alis­ter Gil­fil­lan, Clive Dou­glas and Andy Green for their res­cue

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